Christmas Cricket

By Eve Bunting; Timothy Bush (Illustrator)
Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618065547, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 2002

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Description

In a California garden on a rainy night, Cricket feels small and worthless. He hops up some steps and finds himself in a place filled with light and warmth and a tall, sparkling tree. He begins to sing but is scared into silence by two voices, one big and one small. It is then that he makes a marvelous discovery. Eve Bunting’s text is filled with her customary tenderness and charm, and Timothy Bush has captured its mood in his luminous illustrations. Together they create a memorable holiday book about a cricket who discovers that though he may be small, he is not insignificant.




About the Author
Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children. She is one of the most acclaimed and versatile children's book authors, with more than two hundred novels and picture books to her credit. Among her honors are many state awards, the Kerlan Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Regina Medal, the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America awards, and a PEN International Special Achievement award for her contribution to children's literature. In 2002, Ms. Bunting was chosen to be Irish-American Woman of the Year by the Irish-American Heritage Committee of New York.EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. She lives in Southern California.



Praise For Christmas Cricket

"Bunting relates this affectionate tale in taut prose, and Bush’s cricket’s-eye-view watercolors seem almost to glow. " Publishers Weekly

"Bunting’s gentle story is just right for small children; Bush’s watercolor[s] cleverly capture the rhythm of a cricket’s kinetic spirit." Booklist, ALA

"Bunting shows her consummate talent. . . {a} simple but profound tale. Bush’s illustrations convey the transformative potential of the season." Kirkus Reviews

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